ERIC Number: ED439928
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Mar-21
The Interplay of Firsthand and Text-Based Investigations in Science Education. Ciera Report.
Palincsar, Annemarie Sullivan; Magnusson, Shirley J.
This paper presents the results of a study concerning the use of text in support of firsthand scientific inquiry instruction in the early elementary grades. A partial transcript of two teaching sessions in which an expert classroom teacher incorporated text into her inquiry instruction is investigated. The knowledge gained from these sessions helped inform the development of a new text genre modeled on a scientist's notebook. Unlike traditional texts that simply present a body of information, the notebook format models the use of scientific reasoning for children. Sections include: (1) "The Interplay of Firsthand and Text-Based Investigations in Science Education"; (2) "What Is Known about Text in Science?"; (3) "The Professional Development Context Supporting This Program of Research"; (4) "Descriptive Research on Secondhand Investigations"; (5) "Designing Text To Support Guided Inquiry Teaching"; (6) "Experimental Research Comparing the Innovative Text with Traditional Text"; (7) "Results and Discussion"; and (8) "Observational Research with the Innovative Text." (CCM)
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Hands on Science, Inquiry, Investigations, Science Education, Textbooks
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.; Spencer Foundation, Chicago, IL.; John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Chicago, IL.
Authoring Institution: Center for the Improvement of Early Reading Achievement, Ann Arbor, MI.
Note: Research supported by the McDonnell Foundation and the Eisenhower Higher Education Program.